PLATINA (Bartolomeo Sacchi, said). De honesta... - Lot 144 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage

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PLATINA (Bartolomeo Sacchi, said). De honesta... - Lot 144 - Paris Enchères - Collin du Bocage
PLATINA (Bartolomeo Sacchi, said). De honesta voluptate et valetudine. Cividale, Gerardus de Lisa de Flandria, nono kalendas nouembris [24 October] 1480. in-4, (20,3 x 14,7 cm), stamped sow skin, framed with fillets and rhombuses, on the second plate four rectangular vignettes, three-ribbed spine with inscriptions and quotations in ink (faded), metal clasps on leather straps (period binding).
(94) ff. - the first 89 leaves constitute the body of the text, followed by 4 leaves of table of contents in two columns, and a last blank leaf. - 32 lines, gothic characters.

Beautiful incunabula edition of the first printed cookbook of modern times.
Platina (Piadena, near Cremona, 1421 - Rome, 1481) was the secretary of cardinal Francis of Gonzaga, whom he accompanied to Rome, then librarian at the Vatican, a position he kept until his death.
He composed this very original treatise on gastronomy in Rome in Latin around 1465, and the first edition, undated, appeared in Rome around 1474.
Platine blends "literary memories of antiquity with the prescriptions of medieval physicians and the very real recipes of his time. Placed under the double patronage of Epicurus and Stoicism, De honesta Voluptate was a considerable success throughout Europe" (Livres en bouche, n° 21). The work is a "manual of art of living at the same time learned", quoting the ancient authors, "and practical", proposing various dietetic advices or recipes of the cook of the cardinal of Treviso, (id., n° 35).
"The book of Platinum will know an international diffusion and will be translated into several languages. Thanks to this, it will renew the European cuisine, by Italianizing it. According to him, the main concern of cooks is to give joy, health and well-being. He claimed to be influenced by Epicurus, Columella and Apicius. While he used the wine sauces of the Middle Ages, he was more reserved about the use of condiments. To spice up his dishes, rather than drowning the taste with the strong spices then in use, he was satisfied with a little lemon or orange juice here, a pinch of ginger or cinnamon there. He recommends grilling, praises vegetables, and lists fifteen kinds of salads: lettuce, endive, bugloss, purslane, mallow, chicory, onions, etc. Platinus also reports everything he has read in the works of his predecessors, especially in Pliny. His treatise is divided into ten books. Articles of varying length define the rules of life, the preparation of meals, and give recipes. In Book II, fruits are studied one by one: apples, pears, grapes, lemons, dates, olives, etc., and are followed by notes on honey, sugar, milk, cheese, eggs, etc. Elsewhere, he deals with spices, condiments, game, poultry and fish. Book X contains an important article on wine." (Oberlé).
It is also the first book printed in Cividale (Italy, Friuli, province of Udine). The Flemish printer Gerardus de Lisa, installed in 1480 and 1481 in Cividale, published only three works there: this De honesta voluptate et valetudine de Platine, the Chronica de sancto Isidero Menore, and Ciceronis epistole. He had started to print in Treviso in 1471, and often moved his presses; until 1499, he produced about forty editions in Treviso, Venice, Udine, Cividale, then again Udine and Treviso.
A fine copy in a contemporary stamped binding, with wide margins; it has been entirely and finely rubricated, with ornate initials (on two, three or five lines), raised capitals, paragraph titles marked and underlined.
Binding rubbed, with small skin chips and wormholes, minor restoration to upper hinge, seams loose. Minor rubbing to the title of the first leaf. Trace of label on first counterfoil, faint marginal spotting on a few leaves, small wormholes on last leaves.
Hain (add.), 13052* - BMC VII, p. 1094 - Goff, P.763 - Vicaire, 689 - Bitting, 374 - Simon BB, 79 and BG, 1188 - Oberlé, Fastes, 52-55 (other editions).
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